I shared this beautiful video with a team of teachers before a planning session this morning. I wanted to encourage them to think about ‘letting go’, students taking more responsibility for the learning and the teacher’s role in making this happen.
We dimmed the lights and you could hear a pin drop as the teachers were caught up in the magic of the multiple messages the video conveys.
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We took a few quiet minutes to think individually and jot down our ideas… something that teachers often forget to do before students start jumping in with their thoughts. Even young learners, who aren’t yet able to write down, benefit from some thinking time before the sharing starts.
Here’s what they said:
- Teachers need to step back and give children opportunities to learn and explore for themselves.
- Teachers need to let go and trust their students to own the learning.
- It’s important to have opportunities to try and fail and try again.
- There needs to be enough time to experiment, practise and explore.
- Meaningful learning can’t be rushed and it’s not about how quickly you ‘get it’.
- It’s not about the product, it’s about the process of learning.
- Teachers need to step back, but still be there to guide.
- The teacher has to provide the opportunities and the tools. The learner can take it from there.
- Learners need to feel secure, valued and able to take risks.
- Learning needs to be challenging and purposeful.
- Model and guide, but then allow students to apply their learning and produce something unique of their own.
- The teacher’s role is to inspire learning. Learners need to be empowered not instructed.
- Learning can be messy and frustrating, but when it works, it’s magical.
- Sometimes a teacher might seem like a monster, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about you and your learning!